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Neil Young, internationally acclaimed musician, New York Times-bestselling author, passionate car enthusiast and devoted environmental activist, launched his new Blue Rider Press book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, on Tuesday with an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, which sparked a tremendous wave of online chatter and coverage, including Andy Greene’s “12 Things We Learned from Howard Stern’s Interview with Neil Young” on Rolling Stone.com.  Beginning at noon, Young made a rare bookstore appearance, signing copies of Special Deluxe at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Ave. for scores of fans who lined up inside the packed store.  Later in the day, Young was a guest on The Colbert Report, talking and also performing one of his new songs, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” with Stephen Colbert as “Neil Young and Crazy Host.” Upcoming media includes a Wall Street Journal “Weekend Confidential” interview as well as reviews in the WSJ, New York Times andSan Francisco Chronicle.

Neil Young Party with ExecsAn exhibit of Young’s original watercolor vintage car paintings featured throughout Special Deluxe was installed this week at the James Goodman Gallery in New York City.  Pictured at a Monday night reception at the Goodman: (left to right) Caroline Riordan, Director, Digital and Online Business Development, Penguin Random House; David Rosenthal, President & Publisher, Blue Rider Press; Linda Cowen, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Penguin Publishing Group; Neil Young; and Jacqueline Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House. CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose and Ric Ocasek, founding member of The Cars and a Blue Rider Press author, were also among the guests. For insights into Young’s painting style and car illustrations, read the informative feature on Wired.com.

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The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Five-Under-35-ThumbnailView the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This year’s “5 Under 35” authors will be honored at the National Book Awards Week party in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday, November 17. The event will be hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will moderate a conversation with the authors and serve as the evening’s Guest DJ. Riverhead’s Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir, is the Guest Bartender. The “5 Under 35” program annually honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. Since 2006, the program has championed a rising generation of writers, including Penguin Random House authors Danielle Evans, Keith Gessen, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique and Paul Yu.
Lev Grossman’s genre-bending Magicians trilogy comes to a close as The Magician's Land hits stands this week, welcomed by spectacular reviews from the New York Times Book Review, A.V. Club, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and more. A number of original pieces by Lev also appeared this week on The Atlantic’s By Heart column, Vulture, and BuzzFeed. Lev kicked off his release with an event at St Joseph’s College hosted by Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore; it was a packed house as fans arrived to play trivia games for prizes before Lev took the stage with fellow authors Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Oliver, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, and Austin Grossman to discuss The Magician's Land. The book tour continues on to 11 more cities, including an event in Santa Fe with George R. R. Martin. Expect tons more great publicity on the horizon, including NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, SyFy recently greenlighted a pilot of The Magicians for television series and is moving forward on casting and production.
John Dean appeared on The Colbert Report Monday, 8/6 as part of a special Nixon episode, alongside appearances on Face the Nation, “After Words” on C-SPAN-Book TV, and seven MSNBC shows including Morning Joe and The Cycle. Fantastic reviews have run in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. Dean has drawn standing-room-only crowds throughout his nine-city tour, most recently to an audience of almost 1000 in Dallas. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It debuts at #19 on the New York Times bestseller list on August 17.
Deborah Harkness kicked off her 20-city tour for The Book of Life in New York City with a great event on Tuesday night at the Upper East Side Barnes & Noble. This final book of the All Souls trilogy has been included on numerous summer reading lists, such as ParadeThe Los Angeles TimesBoston Globe, and Time Magazine, and will be covered in major outlets such as NPR, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and more in the coming weeks.  As the book hit shelves on Tuesday, reviews are beginning to roll in: USA Today called it “an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that’s not to be missed.” Listen to a Podcast
Joan Rivers kicked off the publication of her new book Diary of a Mad Diva, which debuts at #7 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list this week, in classic Joan Rivers fashion. During her standing-room-only bookstore event last week in New York City at Barnes & Noble Union Square, Joan officiated at the wedding of two audience members.  Read all about the wedding and see the video on the Entertainment Tonight website. With amazing interviews on ABC’s “The View”, NBC’s  “Access Hollywood” , NPR’s “Weekend Edition” , and CBS’s “The Late Show w/David Letterman, as well as reviews from national publications including USA TODAYPeople, The Los Angeles Times, Ok! Magazine, and many more, Joan’s Diary is blanketing the media. Following more standing-room-only events at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, Sixth & I in Washington, DC and upcoming events at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA and The Standard Club in Chicago, Joan has interviews to come on CBS’s The Talk, PBS’s The Travis Smiley Show, and E! News’ Fashion Police later this month.
  image Fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll in front of a standing room only audience last Thursday (5/15). Spotted in the crowd were icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock and Bob Gruen. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with such music superstars as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening, Varvatos summed things up best: “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.”  There Goes Gravity has been prominently featured in USA TodayPeopleThe Chicago TribuneNPRand many other media outlets.
Credit: @homepourfemme Instagram photo Last Thursday, fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll in front of a standing room only audience. Spotted in the crowd were art icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, and others. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with music superstars Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening Varvatos said it best, “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.” There Goes Gravity is on sale now and has been prominently featured in USA Today, People, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, and many more.
    Garrison Keillor, New York Times-bestselling author and beloved host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, is in the midst of a national tour including 33 events in promotion of the recently released The Keillor Reader. So far, the events have been fantastic, drawing 700 people in Iowa City, with 350 books sold, and 350 people in Milwaukee, with 340 books sold. At last week’s event at Joseph Beth in Cincinnati, the store’s café came up with a truly inspired Keillor menu featuring such dishes as “Minnesota Wild Rice Soup,” and “Fruit of the Forest Pie.” In addition, Garrison was featured on CBS This Morning on May 2 in a clip that can be viewed here and was also featured in large piece in the Associated Press recently. A Prairie Home Companion will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this July 4. Read an excerpt from The Keillor Reader
Last week, Jeff Guinn kicked off an 11-city tour to promote his new book, Glorious: A Novel of the American West.  The Seattle Times says it’s “catnip for ‘Lonesome Dove’ fans,” and the Dallas Morning News calls the book “…an absorbing, informative and entertaining tale of life, love, hope, and ambition in the American West.” Media coverage also includes feature interviews in Kirkus and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and forthcoming reviews in USA TodayThe Washington Post, Big Sky Journal, and True West Magazine. Read an excerpt from Glorious: A Novel of the American West